Habenaria livingstoniana la Croix & P.J.Cribb 1993 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl. Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Part shade Warm LATESummer

Common Name Livingstone's Habenaria [Scottish Explorer in Africa 1800's and originating from the Livingstone escarpment in Malawi]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Malawi in stony soils on slopes in woodlands at elevations of 950 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with ellipsoid, smooth tubers giving rise to a ribbed stem carrying 2 basal, adpressed to the ground, dark green, glabrous, orbicular, apiculate leaves and then a few loosely sheathing and grading to lanceolate, acute, pale green, adpressed to the stem leaves that blooms in the late summer on an erect, compact, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, pyramidal, densely 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate acute floral bracts and carrying glistening white flowers.

Synonyms Arachnaria livingstoniana (la Croix & P.J.Cribb) Szlach. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Volume 11 Part one Pope 1995;